Linda Filler Leaves Claire’s

Former Wal-Mart executive had led North American unit since February 2013.

Linda Filler has resigned as president of Claire’s North America at Claire’s Stores Inc., the Chicago-based jewelry and accessories retailer.

Filler joined the company in March 2013 following positions with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where she served successively as executive vice president and general manager of the home division and then as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Sam’s Club. She’s also held executive posts at Kraft Foods and Sara Lee Corp.

Filler joined Claire’s during James Fielding’s tenure as the chain’s chief executive officer. Fielding stepped down in April and was succeeded by Beatrice Lafon, previously president of Claire’s Europe.

In the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, Claire’s had a net loss of $65.3 million as sales fell 2.8 percent to $1.51 billion and comparable-store sales dropped 3.9 percent, with North American comps down 4.6 percent and European comps off 2.8 percent in local currency.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said that Filler’s departure qualified as termination without cause.

Claire’s was acquired for $3.1 billion and taken private in 2012 by an affiliate of Apollo Management. It owns and operates more than 3,000 jewelry and accessories stores in North America and Canada.